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David Gutman
Gramophone, January 2014

Not the least of the attractions of the present disc is the vivid modern sound…

The project must stand or fall by its soloist and fortunately Dmitry Kouzov…has the requisite technique and weight of tone as well as distinctive ideas about how the music should go. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Andy Fawcett
Audiophilia, November 2013

…this is a taut and intense performance, and a very nice recording…crisply dynamic, with realistic orchestral timbres and perspective… © 2013 Audiophilia Read complete review

Janet Banks
The Strad, October 2013

Kouzov’s punchy, well-focused entry in the First Concerto grabs our attention. The movement’s tension is palpably maintained and towards the end he demonstrates the delicacy of touch that is a hallmark of his playing.

Concerto no 2’s introspection suits Kouzov’s playing, and its sombre solo opening grows beautifully in his hands. Passages of delicate detail are once again beautifully accomplished, and I really like his characterisation of the scherzo…In the last movement, Kouzov finally seems to let go of his inhibitions, with a heartfelt statement at the opening, poised playing of the little march and plenty of lyrical eloquence. The sound quality is clear and open… © 2013 The Strad Read complete review

James Manheim, August 2013

…this one from cellist Dmitry Kouzov…and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra…is well worth consideration. Kouzov has a dark, burnished tone that fits well with the gloomy slow movements of both concertos, and he is positively electrifying in the finale of the Cello Concerto No 2, Op 126, where the cello, at often blistering speeds in the passagework, seemingly goes into battle with military fanfares and snare drums. It is a striking portrayal of the role of the classical composer in a militarized state, as relevant today as it was in 1966. The first concerto is one of Shostakovich’s towering statements of individuality in the face of the history’s strongest collectivist impulse, based throughout on the theme D-S-C-H (D, E flat, C, B), and Kouzov catches even the small gestures in which this theme is present. …this release provides strong competition to the leading Shostakovich cello concerto versions. © 2013 Read complete review

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